For those who are unfamiliar with the term, it refers to a situation in which two friends decide to indulge in intercourse without going any further.

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It’s being friends with someone of the opposing sex, with all the benefits that come with it. Regardless of the concept’s well-known lack of emotions, there’s a good chance that one or both of you will start catching sentiments.

Allowing these feelings to flourish has a significant impact. When you act on them, your FWB connection becomes a proper relationship. And that’s not okay until you and your partner decide it’s what you actually want.

So, how can you make friends-with-benefits without catching feelings?

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1. Stay busy

“Just because you have an FWB doesn’t mean you should neglect your personal interests, work, or social life.” You’re only together to sleep together, so make the most of your time apart from him. Don’t let your new “friend’s” setting get in the way.”

Except that this person works at the same company as you. That’s another ball game altogether.

2. Have your own partners

You should withdraw if you suddenly find yourself dreaming about this FWB person and you know it’ll end in tears because you’ve already decided that it won’t happen. Withdrawal is difficult when you have to be yourself, recreating the entire experience over and over.

So having someone else, someone to provide emotional [perhaps sexual?] cover when you need to get away from that person quickly is preferable to expressing a desire for a relationship you know will never happen.

3. Do away with words of endearment

Romantic nicknames and pillow chat are reserved for committed couples only, not for your FWB. Leave them out entirely and let sex be sex.

Stick to calling each other by their first names, and if you find yourself saying things like “baby” or “honey,” it’s probably time to plan farewell intercourse and move on.

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4. Keep of  every date idea

The only time you want to be in the same place, close enough to access the benefits you signed up for, is when you truly want to come get them. Every other moment should most likely be surrounded by other times. If you don’t want to catch sentiments, don’t play all those romantic games.

5. Avoid Special treatment

While your FWB deserves to be treated as a human being, and since you know they’re your friends, don’t treat them as if sex is the only thing that brings you together. All you have to do is be a decent human being.

After your hook-up session, don’t serve him any food. Don’t go out of your way to do things for her that you wouldn’t do for any other chick. They will catch you if you don’t catch feelings.

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